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Gluten Free Appetizer: Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Tabbouleh is typically made with bulgar. Using quinoa instead makes this recipe both gluten free and higher in protein. It’s delicious, easy to make, and great to bring to potluck dinners. This salad is great on it’s own, as a side dish or over Crostini as well.


Gluten Free Appetizer: Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: mediterranean
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Serves: 10-12
A delicious, gluten free version of Tabbouleh salad is sure to please all of your guests, and it’s healthy too.
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1-2 cups chopped parsley
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion, sprinkled with 1 tbs. ume vinegar
  • 1-2 tbs. chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1-2 tbs. olive oil
  • Pinch of pepper and/or salt (optional to taste)
  1. Bring water and sea salt to a boil in a small pot.
  2. Add quinoa. Cover and cook on low heat for 20 minutes.
  3. Turn off heat and let sit covered for another 10 minutes.
  4. Fluff into a mixing bowl with fork.
  5. Sprinkle lemon juice and olive oil over quinoa. Mix through well with a fork.
  6. Add remaining ingredients and mix.
  7. Let sit about 30 minutes. The quinoa will absorb the flavors and fast even better.

Quinoa Tabbouleh Recipe


For the Crostini, simply cut a loaf of French or Italian bread crosswise into small slices. Preheat the oven to 350. Place bread slices on a baking sheet and brush each slice with olive oil. You will likely need about 6 tbs. of oil. Bake for about 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

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  1. Marianela says:

    Lovely recipe =) This is going to be my next pre-meal munchie =)

  2. Erlene says:

    What a wonderfully healthy salad. I love that it can be a meal on its own and I would so eat this for lunch. Thanks for sharing it on Merry Monday. Hope you can join us again tonight at 6pm PST.

  3. April says:

    This looks super yummy. Did not know it could be gluten free.

  4. katherine says:

    Oh I love Tabbouleh! But maybe because I’m Jewish 😉

  5. Looks delicious! I love Red Quinoa but have never tried Tabbouleh before. I like the substitute and will have to give it a try next week after I purchase some Quinoa from the neighbors.

  6. Pinned this beautiful recipe. Thanks for my side dish for thanksgiving!

  7. Holly S. says:

    Yum! I’ve never had Quinoa, but this sounds delish! Sharing with my recently gluten-free SIL and pinning. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  8. Oh yes I absolutely LOVE this recipe and have pinned it for future reference. I love Tabbouleh!

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